Lawrence giving everyone a chance

DaiQuan Lawrence has reopened his recruitment and is looking forward to the rest of the process. He recently scheduled an official to Syracuse after the Orange visited him at his school. Lawrence discusses interest in Syracuse and more inside.

Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch High cornerback DaiQuan Lawrence was happy with his commitment to Wake Forest. That was until the head coach he committed to suddenly resigned.

Since that time, several schools have reached out to the two star prospect. One of those schools was Syracuse, who visited his school on Tuesday.

"Coach (Fred) Reed came in, the DB coach," Lawrence said. "He's my primary recruiter anyway so he came down. He talked to me about a lot of things. We definitely set up my official for January 31st. He talked to me a little bit more in detail about academics. It was just an informational meeting. He talked to me about some things I didn't know and some more details about some of the things I did know."

Lawrence says that he is strongly considering the Orange who have been staying in touch despite his previous commitment.

"Right now, the interest is pretty high," Lawrence said. "Actually they got on my trail after I committed to Wake Forest, they offered. The next week I think. They've been trying to get me to come down there and decommit for a while now. They got their wish now."

Don't think Lawrence scheduling his official visit to Syracuse the weekend of January 31st was an accident. He knows the Orange are playing Duke, and is excited about the opportunity to see that game.

"Man, that's going to be great," Lawrence said. "I can't wait to get there and see that. It's going to be a great atmosphere. I'm definitely going to wait to commit for that. Everybody's getting a fair chance. I'm not going to commit before I take all my visits. I'm giving everyone a fair chance."

"I honestly don't know what I'm expecting from the visit though. I'm just going to go up there and see how it goes. They have to live up to everybody else but I'm going up with an open mind. They're going to be last."

Just because he decommitted from Wake Forest does not mean he has eliminated them. He is still going to give the new staff a chance should they show interest.

"I've got to give them a chance just like I'm giving everyone else a chance," Lawrence said. "I'm not going to hold them any higher because I was committed there. I haven't met the new coaching staff. I wasn't committed to them, I was committed to the old coaching staff. They're just like any other school now. I'll give them a chance though."

One school that has a slight edge is in-state Virginia.

"I want to say they're a little bit higher because of how interested I was before," Lawrence said. "But everybody's got a fair chance. I'm not counting anybody out."

Despite that, Lawrence continues to develop his relationship with Syracuse assistant Fred Reed.

"Coach Reed has called me every week that he could since he could," Lawrence said. "He's stayed in contact and come down to watch me practice earlier in the season right before the playoffs started. He came down to see me. We're developing a good relationship.

"He's a cool guy, man. I like him a lot. I think he would be a good guy to work with if I get there."

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